Caramel Popsicle-a simple custard made with milk and sugar is the base for this sweet summer treat!
Did you know June is National Dairy Month? My kids go through at least a gallon of milk a day. I always tease them: we should just get a few cows and put them in the back yard. It’s not realistic, I know. We can’t have hooved animals where we live anyway. More than that, it’s a lot of work to raise dairy cows. A Lot. Unlike any other farming, it’s a daily chore. The cows have to be milked every day. There’s no lazy Saturday or Sunday mornings. The cows are waiting. Reading through The Dairy Good Cookbook brought so many memories back for me. You see, my Grandparents had a dairy farm.
I remember visiting as a kid, getting up before the sun, the cows were there, ready and waiting. Breakfast happened after the cows were tended to. Dairy farming isn’t just cows, there are also the crops, hay, corn, and rotating the pastures. 200 acres is a lot to keep up with. Oh, and it was freezing cold in the winter and hot in the summer. With 40 milking cows, and 25-30 calfs and heifers, there was constantly work to be done. This is my dad back in 1950. My family had the black and white cows, Holsteins. Dairy farming is more than just one person working the farm. It takes a family. The kids will help out before school and after. Spouses work side by side. It’s 365 days a year focused on the cows and the milk they produce. As Julie Lourenzo of Sliver Streams Jerseys farm in Tillamook, Oregon writes in The Dairy Good Cookbook, “The kids always have chores to do, they may not like them, but they do them anyway.” She and husband Shannon “plan their whole day around what each of them are doing on the farm.” Flipping through the pages, the gorgeous photography,
the family stories, the love of the land, the cows, the products they produce…and the recipes! It’s not just a cookbook, but also a book to read. Milk is just the start: Cheese, Butter, Yogurt, Cream, Sour Cream, Cottage Cheese, Cream Cheese (I can’t imagine eating a bagel without it!) oh, and Ice Cream. We have it all because of these dedicated farmers. the family stories, the love of the land, the cows, the products they produce…and the recipes! It’s not just a cookbook, but also a book to read. Milk is just the start: Cheese, Butter, Yogurt, Cream, Sour Cream, Cottage Cheese, Cream Cheese (I can’t imagine eating a bagel without it!) oh, and Ice Cream. We have it all because of these dedicated farmers. The Dairy Good Cookbook: Everyday Comfort Food from America’s Dairy Farm Families features over 100 recipes created by and for America’s 47,000 dairy farm families. From Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, there are also Snacks, Desserts, and Holiday recipes. I can’t wait to make the Fresh Berry Stuffed French Toast with a Vanilla Yogurt Sauce and I know my kids will love the Slow Cooked Beef Stroganoff. Since it’s almost summer (it really feels like it is summer!) I thought I’d share a popsicle recipe from this cookbook. Simple to make, the creamy milk mixture is swirled with caramel sauce.
When cooking your milk mixture, you know it’s ready when it sticks to a wooden spoon. To make transferring your swirled mixture to popsicle molds, I prefer using a plastic bag.
Then cut the corner.
So much easier than trying to spoon it into those tiny openings. Add your popsicle stick, freeze then enjoy on a hot day.
This Caramel Popsicle Recipe appears as Caramelicious Milksicles in The Dairy Good Cookbook on page 124.
This recipe is used with permission from The Dairy Good Cookbook, Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC.
This article is sponsored by Dairy Good. The opinions and text are my own.
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